Tesla Model S - The Most Important Car Since the Model T?

Discussion in 'Other Manufacturers' started by NeilBlanchard, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Super Moderator Staff Member

    Surely hooting for them?

    It seems that according to the rich nerds tracking reservation numbers the reservations are trending upwards.

    The fundamentals of the car itself seem to be solid but
    - they still have to deliver some promised items, both hardware and software
    - they need to improve the consistency of communication in the ordering process
    - they need improve the delivery logistics
    The longer it takes to get those right, the less patience and enthusiasm buyers will have, which means that sustaining high-quality production at the full rate is going to be important.

    The Yen's weakened a bit recently, which should also help Tesla as it'll lower the cost of the cells.
     
  2. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Super Moderator Staff Member

    I think Tesla would be wise to get you in a car so you can break the 500 barrier and give them some honest feedback. ;)
     
  3. owlmaster08

    owlmaster08 Well-Known Member

    Or perhaps rooting and hooting...whatever it takes for them to succeed, you know?
     
  4. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    Tesla can update the software on the car remotely, I dont think any other manufacturer does that.
     
  5. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    Well...in short, no. I wrongly surmised that hybridized models of "regular" cars, such as the Camry and Civic, would be the savior of the Hybrid, that the Greenie reputation and odd styling of the standardbearer Prius would continue to turn buyers off. I see now that those very qualities are what have made the Prius such a success - people who make such a supposedly altruistic choice still want others to know just how altrusitic they are. While the Tesla's practical qualities are to be lauded, I do think it still needs to be more hippie-funky and plebecite-priced before it can constitute any kind of a revolution in the automotive industry.
     
  6. owlmaster08

    owlmaster08 Well-Known Member

    They're posting their 4th quarter earnings from 2012 later today...that should shed some more light on the way things are going.
     
  7. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    I think what makes the Prius successful is the fuel economy that it gets, and many people just dont care about the looks of a car, how it handles or how fast it is... as we have seen with the C-Max any change to the recipe and the economy goes down big time. Its possible some people buy a Prius to look green but it must be a rare thing.. ask a Prius owner.
     

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